Best Golf Courses in Florida

TPC Sawgrass is one of Florida\'s many stunning golf courses that you can retire near.
TPC Sawgrass is one of Florida's many stunning golf courses that you can retire near.
TPC Sawgrass is one of Florida’s many stunning golf courses that you can retire near.

There are so many things to consider when looking for an active adult community in Florida. From amenities to lifestyle options to home styles to nearby cities, it’s likely there’s a long list to check off before settling on the perfect community or home.

For some, one of the most important aspects is golf. Whether you’re a casual player looking to knock off a few strokes or a longtime golfer hoping to spend your retirement on exciting, challenging courses, Florida is an ideal place to settle. That doesn’t necessarily mean living in a golf course community though, as many communities without courses are located near some of the best in Florida.

Jacaranda Golf Club – Plantation, FL

Jacaranda Golf Club is a sprawling tournament course in Plantation. Featuring two 18-hole courses—East and West—it’s a favorite of many golfers in Broward County. Featuring dozens of Southeastern Florida’s notable small lakes and ponds, both courses offer their own challenges and quirks and a chance to play where many pros have. The East Course is home to longer fairways and more forgiving greens, allowing for full swings and less nuance.

The West Course features more hazards, doglegs, and tougher greens for more experienced players. Nearby communities include:

Lauderdale West

The Palms at Weston

Park Place in Pembroke Pines

TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra

As golfers know, a TPC course is always going to meet high standards, and TPC Sawgrass does it better than almost any of them. Located off the Atlantic Coast near Jacksonville, TPC Sawgrass includes two challenging courses. The Stadium Course is internationally known and hosts The Players Championship every May.

Golfers can test their skills against some of the best in the world while enjoying a pristine landscape and scenic views, including the legendary island green. TPC Sawgrass also includes the more accessible Valley Course, which has the same quality as the Stadium Course with less challenging holes.

Homeowners of the following communities all have access to TPC Sawgrass:

Artisan Lakes

Del Webb Ponte Vedra

Sweetwater

PGA National – Palm Beach Gardens

While many of Florida’s top courses are tucked away from cities or along a shoreline, PGA National Resort and Spa is right in the heart of the action. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, many active adult communities are just a short drive away. Besides a world-class resort with its own amenities, golfers can choose from five different courses at PGA National.

The main course is The Champion, which has hosted many professional tournaments, including The Ryder Cup. The other four courses are The Fazio, The Squire, The Palmer, and The Estate. These four are generally more accessible for the casual golfer and are designed by greats such as Arnold Palmer.

There are multiple residential communities in the area, including:

Hampton Cay

Sugar Sands

Century Village at West Palm Beach

Bay Hill – Orlando

Considered one of best courses designed by Dick Wilson, Bay Hill Club and Lodge is ideally located in southwest Orlando. There are two courses to choose from—the Champion and the Charger. The Champion, featuring 18 holes, is the main course that has been hosting the Arnold Palmer Invitational for over three decades. The Charger is a 9-hole course and is ideal for a quick few hours of golf in a group or solo. Its location in Orlando places it near many world-class resorts, theme parks, and entertainment.

Bay Hill is also near several active adult communities, including:

Four Seasons at Orlando

VillageWalk at Lake Nona

Heritage Hills

Del Webb Orlando

Tiburón Golf Club – Naples

Tiburón Golf Club features two courses that were both designed by legendary architect Greg Norman. Both the Gold and the Black courses include championship tees, although only the Gold course has hosted LPGA events. Golfers of any handicap will enjoy both courses due to their variety and lush landscaping.

Located in Naples, the course is surrounded by many active lifestyle communities, including:

Marbella Lakes

Riviera Golf Estates

Treviso Bay

Autumn Woods

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